Anna Agarwal is a Visiting Fellow at CPR’s Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment. Her research is on understanding India’s energy demand transitions, and identifying ways to lock-in low-carbon energy consumption patterns for the long-term. Anna’s work currently focuses on residential electricity demand, particularly the cooling demand which would be a substantial driver of future energy needs and carbon emissions.
Prior to joining CPR, she was the Associate Director-Urban Innovation and a Senior Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC- India). At EPIC, she led the Urban Innovation Challenge, and worked on identifying and scientifically evaluating interventions that can help address the energy and environmental challenges facing the Indian cities.
She has also held research appointments at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (MIT CEEPR), assessing risks in large energy capital projects; and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEi), co-authoring the MIT study ‘Natural Gas Monetization Pathways for Cyprus.’ She has worked at The Brattle Group, a US economics consulting firm, where her work focused on regulatory policy and ratemaking matters in the US electric power industry. Anna has also worked in the Energy and Power Division of the Planning Commission, Government of India.
Anna holds a PhD and a SM degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree from IIT Delhi.